A Medical Biochemist is a medical scientist who studies or has studied the chemical composition (bodily fluids for diagnostic and therapeutic purpose) and processes in the human body. The course involved here is generally referred to as ‘Medical Biochemistry’. It is a branch of chemistry that deals with human health.
This career is usually research based as Medical Biochemists study the chemistry of the human body. The course goes alongside Pharmacology, Physiology and Anatomy because they are all linked and interdependent.
The study of these processes in the human body is what makes room for medical scientists to make life saving discoveries and find solutions to health challenges.
To study Medical Biochemistry in Nigeria, one has to have a basic understanding of Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology. The UTME combination is Use of English, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. One must have also acquired a minimum of 6 O’Level credits in science for either NECO SSCE, WASSCE or NABTEB.
A’Level can also be used to study Medical Biochemistry in Nigeria. You can also check the JAMB brochure for all the requirements. It usually falls under the faculty of Basic Medical Sciences in Nigerian Universities or sometimes the faculty of Health Sciences.
Universities offering Medical Biochemistry in Nigeria
You can earn a B.Sc, M.Sc or Phd in Medical Biochemistry in any of the following universities in Nigeria;
- Cross Rivers University Of Technology, Calabar
- Delta State University, Abraka
- Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State
- University Of Benin, Benin City
Where can a Medical Biochemist work in Nigeria?
Medical Biochemists, even after acquiring just a B.Sc can work in various medical or pharmaceutical industries.
- They can work in government agencies in Nigeria like NAFDAC or NDLEA in identifying and testing fake products.
- They can also work in pharmaceutical companies that carryout research on drugs and their effects on humans.
- Large hospitals or clinics where are clinical trials are carried out.
- Research oriented Non Governmental Organisations, NGO’S (medical related)
- In the tertiary institutions, Medical Biochemists can take a profession as lecturers.